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Canon EOS 20D DSLR Camera (Body Only) (OLD MODEL)
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- 8.2-megapixel sensor captures 3504 by 2336 pixel JPEG or RAW images
- Body only, EF mount compatible with all Canon lenses in EF and EF-S lineup
- Direct printing with PictBridge printers
- Store images on CompactFlash memory card
- Powered by rechargeable BP-511A 1390mAh battery pack
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||5 fps|
|Display Resolution Maximum||118,000|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||3,200|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||Compact Flash (Type I or II)|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/250_sec|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash, Hot-shoe, E-TTL II|
|Focus Description||Multi-BASIS TTL, 9 focus points (diamond shape)|
|Focus Type||Automatic with Manual|
|Form Factor||Compact DSLR|
|ISO Range||100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 (H)|
|Image Aspect Ratio||3:2|
|Item Dimensions||4.17 x 2.83 x 5.67 inches|
|Item Weight||1.7 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/8000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||3,504|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||8.2 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Processor Description||digic 2|
|Remote Control Description||N3 connector|
|Shipping Weight||4.9 pounds|
|Style Name||Body Only|
|Video Capture Resolution||2544 x 1696|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical (pentaprism)|
The perfect EOS for advanced-amateurs and professionals alike, the EOS 20D sets new standards in its class. Featuring an all-new 8.2 MP CMOS Sensor, a second generation DIGIC II Image Processor, 5 fps performance for up to 23 consecutive frames and a 0.2 second start-up time, the EOS 20D is designed to capture richly detailed, perfectly exposed images with speed formerly found only in cameras several times the price. Other features include a top shutter speed of 1/8000 sec., flash sync at 1/250, a new high-precision 9-point AF System, a built-in multi-controller for fast focusing point selection and a refined magnesium alloy body, for rugged, go anywhere photography. Compatible with not only Canon's new EF-S Lenses, but with the entire EOS System of lenses and flashes, the EOS 20D offers lots of creative growth potential. Advanced Viewing and Printing, Powerful Software Compatible with all EF/EF-S Lenses and Many EOS System Accessories Built-in electronic-flash with shoe for optional add-on flashes 1.8 LCD screen and Viewfinder Self Timer Uses CompactFlash memory storage cards for image storage (Type 1 & 2) Uses Canon BP511 rechargeable battery Images transferable to PC Macintosh or PictBridge and Canon-Direct
From the Manufacturer
The perfect EOS for advanced-amateurs and professionals alike, the EOS 20D sets new standards in its class. Featuring an all-new 8.2 MP CMOS Sensor, a second generation DIGIC II Image Processor, 5 fps performance for up to 23 consecutive frames and a 0.2 second start-up time, the EOS 20D is designed to capture richly detailed, perfectly exposed images with speed formerly found only in cameras several times the price. Other features include a top shutter speed of 1/8000 sec., flash sync at 1/250, a new high-precision 9-point AF System, a built-in multi-controller for fast focusing point selection and a refined magnesium alloy body, for rugged, go anywhere photography. Compatible with not only Canon's new EF-S Lenses, but with the entire EOS System of lenses and flashes, the EOS 20D is a professionally featured camera with a consumer price tag.
8.2 Megapixel CMOS Sensor
Canon's all-new large area CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) Sensor captures images with exceptional clarity and tonal range, and offers the most pixels in its class. This 2nd generation APS-C size sensor (22.5 x 15.0mm) has the same 3:2 ratio as film cameras, enabling an effective angle of view that is 1.6x the normal EF Lens focal length. The EOS 20D has an extensive ISO range (from 100 to 1600 plus ISO 3200 in extended mode),and the sensor features a newly developed set of narrow-gap microlenses and noise reduction circuits to improve performance at high ISOs, and optimized photodiode configurations for improved performance at all ISOs. This results in larger, clearer, sharper and more detailed photographs right from the start.
Second Generation DIGIC II Image Processor
The EOS 20D benefits from Canon's in-house development: The DIGIC II Image Processor was developed originally for the EOS-1D Mark II and enhances every aspect of image capture. Information captured by the CMOS Sensor is processed and assembled into images of exceptional quality by this new Image Processor. With the DIGIC II Image Processor on board, photographers can expect precise, natural colors, and spot-on white balance in any number of lighting situations. Through sophisticated signal processing algorithms, the DIGIC II Image Processor even accelerates all aspects of image capture, while consuming less energy than other processors.
Every Function Optimized for Speedy RAW and JPEG Capture
The EOS 20D has been designed to capture images with speeds that had been reserved for professional level cameras. Whether it's the 0.2 second start-up time, the high speed mirror drive, the class-leading 65 msec. shutter release lag time, or the predictive AF focusing at speeds up to 5 frames-per-second, the EOS 20D will amaze and delight photographers who don't want to wait for their camera when they're ready to shoot. The 20D's CMOS Sensor allows 4-channel high-speed data readout, and the DIGIC II Image Processor processes the data quickly, writing files to the CompactFlash card faster, and allowing continuous shooting for up to 23 frames (JPEG Large/Fine) with significant reductions in buffer clearing times.
JPEG or Simultaneous RAW+JPEG
Whenever you shoot the EOS 20D, you can choose to have it record RAWs or JPEGs alone, or in RAW plus JPEG formats simultaneously. The JPEG recording format is ideal for purposes such as Internet image transfers that require reduced file sizes. Canon's proprietary RAW (.CR2) format, on the other hand, employs lossless compression to ensure the highest possible image quality, and is recorded at 12-bits per pixel to provide a wider range of tones and superior detail in bright highlights and deep shadows when compared with JPEG files. RAW files must be "processed" before they can be opened in your computer's image-editing software. This conversion process typically takes only a few seconds using the dedicated driver software, which will convert the RAW file into a standard 8-bit per channel JPEG or TIFF file, or for maximum tonal range, a 16-bit TIFF. There are six selectable settings for in-camera JPEG image quality, when CF card space is at a premium.
Expansive Sensor Array for Easier Composition
The EOS 20D has a newly developed high-precision 9-point AF system for speedy and accurate focusing in any situation. An improved focusing screen with precision matte finish enables brighter and easier manual focus. A newly developed multi-controller, conveniently located on the back of the camera for thumb-controlled action, allows the photographer to instantly choose any of the 9 focus points, or direct the camera to choose them automatically. Focusing points are positioned in the viewfinder in a wide diamond-shaped array, allowing the user to achieve focus quickly in numerous compositions and situations.
Features formerly offered only in Canon's Pro Cameras allow for more fine-tuning
Photographers will find their options for color settings greatly expanded in the new EOS 20D. Taken directly from the EOS-1D Mark II, the White Balance compensation function utilizes the new multi-controller and a nifty LCD monitor display to tune any white balance setting up to +/- 9 steps in blue, amber, magenta or green hues to ensure spot-on color. The new White Balance bracketing feature produces a series of 3 files varying white balance from magenta to green or blue to amber, depending on the lighting situation.
Images can be processed directly for the industry print standard Adobe RGB or standard sRGB, and are compatible with DCF 2.0 and Exif 2.21 standards for greater flexibility. A range of in-camera image processing parameters can optimize JPEG files for direct printing or post processing, or can be customized to the user's tastes and needs.
The EOS 20D also features a built-in monochrome mode, a first in Canon Digital SLRs, which uses digital processing to re-create the effects of a number of different black and white filters and toning effects. These features help to take the guesswork out of black-and-white photography, reducing the need for post processing by delivering the desired detail and contrast of a black and white image from the start.
Strength and Elegance Combined
The EOS 20D feels solid and rugged in your hands ensuring stable, easy handling. Its rigid chassis combines engineering plastic with stainless steel and is covered by strong, lightweight magnesium alloy panels on the top, front and rear. Controls are ergonomically shaped and positioned to sustain the EOS tradition of ergonomic excellence and sure-fire operation. The newly designed grip, shutter button and rubber skin contribute to this excellent holding comfort, and the camera's high-profile built-in flash is compact and hides itself neatly into the top of the body. A newly refined finish adds to the elegance of the camera body.
Expanded Zoom Display During Playback
While viewing recorded images on the camera's 1.8-inch, high-definition TFT color LCD, you can enter the Enlargement Mode and enlarge them up to 10x in 15 stops for detailed analysis of lighting, composition, camera movement, focusing accuracy, facial expression, etc. The new multi-controller enables horizontal and vertical scrolling, while the main dial enables viewing of the previous or next image stored in the CF card at the same enlarged view. In the maximum reduced view, nine images are displayed simultaneously on the approximately screen, making them quicker to find. The camera can be set to automatically rotate vertical images so they can be viewed easily on the monitor and also after downloading to your computer.
Direct Printing with PictBridge Compatible Printers
The EOS 20D lets you print beautiful photos with minimum time and effort - directly from the camera. Simply connect the camera with any PictBridge compatible printer via the high-speed USB 2.0 port to print images stored in the CF card. You can even set the EOS 20D to trim the image, add a surrounding "frame," superimpose a date, or print a number of copies. The EOS 20D's direct printing feature complies with Exif v2.2 (Exif Print) and DPOF v1.1. With a host of portable and home printers available from Canon including the new PIXMA iP4000 and PIXMA iP3000 Photo Printers, getting tangible results from the camera has never been faster or easier.
The EOS 20D comes bundled with three software CDs, Canon's Digital Photo Professional (Version 1.1), the EOS Solution Disk (Version 8.0), and Photoshop Elements 2.0. Each application is designed to optimize captured images, and streamline the digital workflow.
EF & EF-S Lenses
The EOS 20D is compatible with all Canon lenses in the EF lineup, ranging from ultra-wide-angle to super-telephoto lenses, and including Canon's new EF-S series lenses, manufactured specifically for the 20D and Digital Rebel. The EF lineup employs advanced optical know-how and micron precision engineering to deliver unprecedented performance in all facets of the photographic process. Aspherical optics and Fluorite elements, for example, are featured in the universally acclaimed L-series Lenses. Canon's Image Stabilization feature minimizes the effect of camera shake. Through Canon's EF Lenses, photographers can truly maximize the quality and liberating performance of the EOS 20D.
The EOS 20D features the acclaimed E-TTL II flash metering system introduced with the EOS-1D Mark II. Whether using its flush mounted integral flash (guide no. of 43/13 @ ISO 100 m/ft.) or any of the flashes in the EX Speedlite line, E-TTL II provides stable flash brightness through numerous exposures.
In addition to Canon's EF series of lenses and Speedlites, several other accessories are designed to work specifically with the EOS 20D. The Battery Grip BG-E2 adds a vertical shutter release, and is compatible with up to two of Canon's BP-511/511A/512/514 Lithium-ion battery packs, or alternatively a set of six AA batteries, for greater convenience when traveling. Canon's Semi Hard Case EH/7-L can accommodate the EOS 20D with a small zoom lens (EF-S17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM included), and the EOS 20D is compatible with Canon's DVK-E2 image data verification kit to check original image data authenticity, whenever verification is essential.
What's in the Box
EOS 20D digital camera, Lithium-ion battery pack (BP-511A) with protective cover, battery charger (CG-580), USB cable (IFC-400PCU), video cable (VC-100), EB eyecup, wide neck strap, EOS Digital Solutions Software CD-ROM, Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 Software CD-ROM, EOS 20D instruction manual, 1-year USA limited warranty
Top customer reviews
I've lost track of how many cameras I've owned over the years, in multiple formats. When it came to DSLR cameras, I stuck with Canon because I had already been using EOS film cameras with the EF lenses.
So lesson one for picking a DSLR--pick the lenses you want to use, not the camera body. The lenses will last longer, and over time you'll find they are a sound investment if you buy good or better quality.
The Canon EOS 20D was my transition into DSLR cameras. The price for a new camera at the time had finally come to a point that was reasonable for the features I was wanting, performance was good, and memory cards held a large amount of data for a good price as well. I couldn't have asked for more. The 20D is a fully functional DSLR with every feature a photographer could ask for at the time, and even today performs well for the vast majority of photographers.
Yep, even compared to my Canon 5D Mk III, the 20D still performs well. Why? Because a "better" camera isn't going to make you take better photos. It just makes some things a bit easier. And you'll never take a great photo with a camera you don't have in your hand.
Sure, there are some bells and whistles on my 5D that make it out-perform my older 20D. Biggest difference between the 20D and more recent DSLRs will be in how many megapixels are in each photo. For professional photographers, this is a significant difference--you need more megapixels if you're going to blow your photo up to poster or billboard proportions. However, for most folks that will leave their photos on the computer, on facebook, or at most print an 8"x10" so mom has something to put on the coffee table, 8MB is about as big as you need. What's really going to count when it comes to making great photos is time spent taking photos. Ten years later I'm still using my 20D, because it's the one I take with me on the road if where I'm going might have more of a risk of having my camera broken, lost or stolen...a 20D is quite reasonable to replace. When travelling, I usually keep the Canon 2562A002 EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras lens on it unless I have something specific in mind. Even if I'm using my 5D, I'll often have my 20D with me, mounted with a different lens, just in case I need to get "that one shot" and don't have the time to change lenses. It is a sturdy, reliable, dependable workhorse. It's also a forgiving teacher if you're new to the SLR world, with a wide range of functions that go from fully manual (where you have to set and adjust everything yourself) to fully automatic (where it does all that work for you).
The 20D also has one thing going for it few other cameras can match. It was made with astrophotography in mind. The twin sister for the 20D, the 20Da, doesn't have a filter in front of the sensor so it can pick up more infrared light--but otherwise the two cameras are identical. Main thing for most photographers is that the 20D has very low noise at higher ISO ranges; in fact, it compares best with the 60D and the 5D in that respect.
All in all, this is a good, reliable camera that performs very well. Megapixels might not be as high as some cameras out there now, but that isn't as much of an issue for most folks. If you're looking for a camera to get started in DSLR, or you're looking for a second DSLR for a back-up...take a look at the Canon 20D.
The 20D had just about every modern feature on digital DSLR cameras that are in the current models. There's a full control mode, adjustable parameters for image quality, lots of dials and buttons to set aperture, ISO, shutter speed, program shift, and exposure values. There's a usable built in flash. For learning the art of basic DSLR photography this camera is as useful today as it ever has been.
This 8.2 megapixel camera will print poster sized prints. It has the now famous "Canon colors". The images are beautiful and clean clear up through it's top ordinary ISO of 1600. There's no video, no live view, no extra bells or whistles, just all semi professional grade DSLR camera to shoot still images with. The continuous frame rate is five per second, and the autofocus works well.
This camera body cost $1,500 when new in 2004, and it shows it. It's made of magnesium. It's built like a tank. Best of all, it accepts every Canon digital DSLR lens ever made, both the EF and EF-S series.
You can buy a brand new 50mm EF f1.8 prime for this camera for $125 and go out and shoot gorgeous images.
There's not any cheaper way to find out if you like the Canon DSLR system. An excellent condition 20D body is only about $100 and if you upgrade to a newer body that has more features and will shoot at higher ISO speeds all your EF lenses will work on any Canon DSLR, and your EF-S lenses will work on all the crop sensor consumer grade cameras.
They use Compact Flash cards, so buy an adapter if you want to shoot SD cards. Batteries are still available, and cheap.
A great bargain, in learning photography with a Canon DSLR.